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Burns & McDonnell Principal Fire Protection Engineer - Mission Critical (London, UK) in London, United Kingdom


Burns & McDonnell has exciting opportunities for an Associate Fire Protection Engineer interested in growing his/her career in one of the most fast paced, innovative companies for high tech building design and construction. Project focus would be data centers and telecommunications facilities but will include in the future a variety of other facilities including pharmaceutical, biotechnology, healthcare, manufacturing, airports, or institutional. This opportunity hires directly into that team and into an industry of more than $17 billion. Data Centers is an aggressive market for Burns & McDonnell and are highlighted by several priority articles on our site.

Founded in 1898, Burns & McDonnell is an award-winning engineering, architectural, construction environmental, and consulting services firm. Burns & McDonnell plans, designs, constructs and manages projects all over the world with one mission in mind -- to make our clients successful.

The Associate Fire Protection Engineer will lead the design work on multi-discipline projects and the preparation of comprehensive fire protection packages for mission-critical/data center projects. Packages will include fire suppression, fire alarm, smoke management, and life safety. This position will work on various projects with a diverse portfolio of project types and clients.

  • Lead the design, specification, and multi-discipline coordination of the following fire protection systems: Wet-pipe, dry-pipe, pre-action, deluge, and foam/water fire suppression systems. Fire water supply infrastructure including fire water storage tanks, fire pumps, underground and above ground distribution piping and associated appurtenances. Outdoor fire suppression systems including monitors, spray systems, and exposure protection systems. Addressable and non-addressable voice evacuation fire alarm systems including initiation devices, supervision devices, and audible and visual notification appliances. Releasing systems for pre-action, foam/water, and clean agent systems.

  • Quality review the fire protection calculations including the hydraulic analysis of fire water supply and demand, battery calculations, and voltage drop calculations.

  • Lead the evaluation of building and life safety requirements including building area and height limitations, building construction types, fire resistive assemblies and opening protections, occupancy classifications, hazards, building egress, and active and passive smoke management systems.

  • Quality review the construction administration including coordination with field personnel to resolve design related installation issues, review of contractor shop drawings and calculations, field inspections, and testing of fire protection systems.

  • Lead project teams to perform site evaluations and documentation of existing fire protection systems.

  • Prepare and present technical reports for clients and industry publications.

  • Build effective relationships with existing clients, customers and contractors and develop new business opportunities.

  • Manage sales and marketing efforts and identify key pursuits.

  • Responsible for ensuring customer satisfaction goals and expectations are met.

  • Manage the development of cost proposals and qualification statements to achieve stated targets and standards for financial performance.

  • Prepare and present project budgets and cost estimates. Report project performance.

  • Provide leadership, guidance and instruction to the fire protection practice.

  • Responsible for QA/QC process adherence.

  • Responsible for compliance with company and site safety policies.

  • All other duties, as assigned.


  • Bachelor of Science in Fire Protection Engineering or related degree from an accredited program and 15 years fire protection engineering experience.

  • Master of Science degree in Fire Protection Engineering a plus.

  • NICET certification in Water-Based System Layout, Fire Alarm Systems, or Special Hazards Systems (National Institute for Certification in Engineering Technologies) is preferred.

  • Expert knowledge in standard engineering techniques and procedures.

  • Expert knowledge of building codes, fire codes, NFPA standards, FM Global datasheets, military standards, and refinery/industrial API guidelines.

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.

  • Demonstrated critical thinking skills, ability to work methodically and analytically in a quantitative problem-solving environment.

  • Ability to lead project/discipline design teams.

  • Expert in standard engineering techniques and procedures.

  • Must have the ability to obtain and maintain access authorization to facilities and data of existing and potential clients, including, but not limited to DOE, aerospace, military, food and consumer product manufacturers, pharmaceutical, laboratories, and others necessary to perform work

  • Ability to travel up to 20% throughout the year

Job Fire Protection Engineer

Primary Location GB-London, UK-London

Schedule: Full-time

Travel: Yes, 10 % of the Time

Req ID: 211633